90.4% of Loughborough Homeowners are over 35 - The effect of their Brexit vote on the Loughborough Property Market

Well it’s been several weeks since the Referendum vote and we have had a chance to reflect on the momentous decision that the British public took. I woke up early in the morning, with the declaration by the BBC saying we were leaving the EU. I don’t think any of us were expecting that!

In this article I would like to take my thoughts on from that initial news and now start to see the clearer picture as the dust settles on the UK, but more importantly, the Loughborough Property Market.

In case you weren’t aware, the residents of the Charnwood Borough Council area went against the National mood and voted as follows ..

Charnwood Borough Council Remain Votes              43,500             (46.2% of the vote)
Charnwood Borough Council Leave Votes                 50,672             (53.8% of the vote)
Charnwood Borough Council Turnout                        70.4%

I have been reading there is some evidence to indicate younger voters were vastly more likely to vote Remain than their parents and grandparents and, whilst the polling industry's techniques may have been widely criticised, following them getting both the 2010 General Election and the recent Brexit vote wrong, anecdotally, many surveys seem to suggest there was a relationship between age and likelihood to support leaving the EU.

Interestingly, the average age of a Loughborough resident is 39.3 years old, which is the same as the national average of 39.3, which might go someway to back up the way Loughborough voted? What I do know is that putting aside whether you were a remain or leave voter, the vote to leave has, and will, create uncertainty and the last thing the British property market needs is uncertainty (because as with previous episodes of uncertainty in the UK economy – UK house prices have tended to go down).

Interestingly, when we look at the Homeownership rates in the Charnwood Borough Council area, of the 48,499 properties that are owned in the Charnwood Borough Council area (Owned being owned outright, owned with a mortgage or shared ownership), the age range paints a noteworthy picture.

                             Age 16 to 34 homeowners      4,629    or        9.6%  (Nationally 9.6%)
Age 35 to 49 homeowners    13,980    or      28.8%  (Nationally 29.2%)
Age 50 to 64 homeowners    15,324    or      31.6%  (Nationally 30.7%)
Aged 65+ homeowners          14,566    or      30.0%  (Nationally 30.5%)

So, looking at these figures, and the high proportion of older homeowners, you might think all the Charnwood Borough Council area homeowners would vote Remain to keep house prices stable and younger people would vote out so house prices come down- so they could afford to buy?

But there's a risk in oversimplifying this. The sample of the polling firms are in the thousands whilst the country voted in its millions. Other demographic influences have been at play in the way people voted, as early evidence is starting to suggest that class, level of education, the levels of immigration and ethnic diversity had an influence on the way the various parts of the UK voted.

So what I suggest is this – Don’t assume everyone over the age of 50 voted ‘Leave’ and don’t assume most 20 somethings backed ‘Remain’; because many didn't!

.. and the Loughborough Property Market – well read my other articles in the Loughborough Property Blog and your can make you own mind up.

If you would like to discuss the Loughborough property market or chat about any potential investment please feel free to call me on 01509 260777 or email me james.loughborough@belvoir.co.uk